What does Duke mean?

Definitions for Dukeduk, dyuk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Duke.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. duke(noun)

    a British peer of the highest rank

  2. duke(noun)

    a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank


  1. duke(Noun)

    The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).

  2. duke(Noun)

    A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.

  3. duke(Noun)

    A grand duke.

  4. duke(Noun)

    A fist.

  5. duke(Verb)

    To hit or beat with the fists.

  6. Duke(ProperNoun)

    The title of a duke.

  7. Duke(ProperNoun)

    ; mostly U.S. and rather rare.

  8. Duke(ProperNoun)

    A private university in North Carolina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duke(noun)

    a leader; a chief; a prince

  2. Duke(noun)

    in England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland

  3. Duke(noun)

    in some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king

  4. Duke(verb)

    to play the duke

  5. Origin: [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. ten to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See Tue, and cf. Doge, Duchess, Ducat, Duct, Adduce, Deduct.]


  1. Duke

    A duke or duchess can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch. The title comes from French duc, itself from the Latin dux, 'leader', a term used in republican Rome to refer to a military commander without an official rank, and later coming to mean the leading military commander of a province. During the Middle Ages the title signified first among the Germanic monarchies. Dukes were the rulers of the provinces and the superiors of the counts in the cities and later, in the feudal monarchies, the highest-ranking peers of the king. A duke may or may not be, ipso facto, a member of the nation's peerage: in the United Kingdom and Spain all dukes are/were also peers of the realm, in France some were and some were not, while the term is not applicable to dukedoms of other nations, even where an institution similar to the peerage existed. During the 19th century many of the smaller German and Italian states were ruled by Dukes or Grand Dukes. But presently, with the exception of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, there are no ruling dukes. Duke remains the highest hereditary title in Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Pope, as a temporal sovereign, has also, though rarely, granted the title of Duke or Duchess to persons for services to the Holy See. In some realms the relative status of "duke" and "prince", as titles borne by the nobility rather than by members of reigning dynasties, varied, e.g. in Italy and the Netherlands.

Suggested Resources

  1. duke

    Song lyrics by duke -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by duke on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. DUKE

    What does DUKE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DUKE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2959

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Duke' in Nouns Frequency: #1239


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Duke in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Duke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump:

    David Duke endorsed me? alright. I disavow. OK?

  2. Donald Trump:

    Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?

  3. Donald Trump:

    David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    Senate Republicans condemn David Duke and the KKK in the strongest terms possible.

  5. Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters:

    The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.

Images & Illustrations of Duke

  1. DukeDukeDuke

Translations for Duke

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Duke »


Find a translation for the Duke definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Duke definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Duke." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 18 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Duke>.

Are we missing a good definition for Duke? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Duke:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.